Saturday, January 14, 2012

How To Press Your Own Eyeshadow

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I ordered the supplies for this project a couple of weeks ago but haven't had a chance to take any photos during daylight hours.. but with no where to go (finally!) today was the day! I've already done a few test runs but when using the right tools pressing eyeshadows is so easy that you can pretty much nail it on your first try! Please be forewarned that this is a picture heavy post ;)

Tools Used
♥ Rubbing Alcohol (I believe this is 91%...)
♥ Loose Eyeshadow/Pigment (I'm using NYX Dramatic Chromatic Pigment in Golden Peach)
♥ Mixing Bowl
♥ Mixing Apparatus (Spatula, little spoon, toothpick, etc.. use what you have)
♥ Tamping Tool (pressing thingy..)
♥ Pan/Tin (I'm using 26mm)
♥ Paper Towel(s)
♥ Piece of Fabric (not shown.. oops!)


Scoop some of the product in to your mixing bowl. Even though these NYX Pigments are labelled as being 2 grams some jars have way more product than others. Depending on the pan size you're using you can just kind of eyeball it and if the first batch is not enough to fill the pan you can just mix a bit more to top it off.


Add the alcohol a few drops at a time. I do this step pretty quickly since the alcohol evaporates really fast. I've seen people on YouTube use a mixture of water, alcohol and a binding medium but I prefer straight up alcohol most of the time since most shadows don't require using a binder at all... if I can avoid it, I will! When adding liquid to your shadow start off with a couple of drops, mix, then add more as needed. Try to add the least amount of liquid as possible - you don't want your mixture to be super wet.


The eyeshadow and alcohol before being mixed. I actually added too much liquid to this batch but it's not a huge deal.. It will just take a little bit longer to fully dry before it can be used.


Here's the eyeshadow after being mixed. The mixture is sticky and clumps together nicely. You don't want it to be dusty or crumbly when placing it in to the pan - if it is, chances are there is not enough liquid in the mix to make your pigment bind together.


Scrape all of the product out of the mixing bowl and start scooping it in to the pan. If you're careful this part is a lot less messy than it looks!


Level everything out, leaving some 'give' at the edges of the pan. When you press your shadow the product will naturally move outward and fill in these areas.


This is a 26mm tamping (pressing) tool. The kit I purchased also comes with pressing tiles but I find them to be unnecessary. I wrap my tamping tool in a square of fabric that I cut from an old camisole to give my finished product nice hatch marks and also to make it easy to remove from the tin should it get stuck (which it sometimes does). The fabric also helps to keep the tool clean.


Wrap tightly around the tool and get ready to press...


Center your tool on the tin and begin to apply firm, even pressure. If you see some product start to squeeze out of the sides, don't panic! You're always going to lose some product - either in your mixing bowl, all over your paper towel, on your fabric, or squeezed out of the sides. As you practice less shadow will be lost during your pressing process ;)


Another great purpose that the fabric serves is soaking up excess liquid! As you can see in this photo after a few seconds of pressing the alcohol starts to soak up in to the fabric. I usually keep pressing firmly until I see that the fabric is no longer absorbing any liquid.


The aftermath. There is some color and product left on the fabric.


Perfect hatch marks! This pan could have held a bit more product but sometimes it's best to leave a little space at the rim so it doesn't look over-filled.


...and it lives happily ever after in a palette with its friends (shown, L-R: NYX Pigments in Silver, Hardcore, Antique, Golden Peach, Golden Pink, Lemon Drop). The End!





33 comments:

  1. Wow this is pretty cool, and they really stay in the pan that way?

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    1. I've only experienced one that didn't stay pressed. After it dried it went back to being a very soft, loose powder. I emptied it back in to the jar and will attempt to press it again.

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  2. Also I just looked at your cosmetics database (wow!) where did you get the elf custom eyes eyeshadows? they're not on their website are they?

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    1. They're on the website! They're just categorized under 'Elements' instead of 'Eyes'.. easy to miss!

      http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/elements/custom_eyes

      http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/elements/custom_face_2

      http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/elements/custom_lips

      http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/elements/custom_compact_2

      I haven't tried any of the Custom Lips Products yet..

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    1. Thanks! It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be ;)

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  4. Great job, they came out beautiful! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this post.:)

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  5. You did a great job on this tutorial!! :)

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  6. Amazing post! I'm totally bookmarking this for when I tackle pressing all my loose pigments :)

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  7. This was the best post ever! I literally just went over to TKB Trading and ordered a few things to press my pigments. I'm so excited! haha Thanks!!

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    1. There's so much stuff on that site that I want to try! Can't wait to see your finished product once you're done ;)

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  8. I already know how to do this but wow you did a great job! I really enjoyed this post! I look forward to seeing more tutorials.

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  9. That is the coolest thing - wow!

    Gorgeous colour too!

    xox

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  10. This is so cool, and the colours you show in the last picture are all so pretty! I really want to try this myself now!

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  11. This is so clever!!

    i LOVE your blog so I've put you down as one of my Kreativ bloggers, check out my blog to find out what to do next...

    www.beautebelle.blogspot.com
    x x x

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey! I will head over and check it out ♥

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  12. What a great idea - very clever. Need to purchase a pressing tool! I have lots of crumbs of left over bronzer that could benefit from a new lease of life.

    Thanks for a great post! I'm now following :)

    Jen x
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for following! I followed you back ;)

      I think I'll try pressing some "leftovers" together next to try making a new color!

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  13. You did such a great job! I tried to do this last time,and just made a mess lol

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  14. That's awesome, you did a great job with those. I do not have the patience for that I would just ruin it hehe

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  15. Well done! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. You're so good at pressing pigments. Its been so long since I've done it and I always make a mess I love your pressing tool w/ the crystal handle.

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  17. yours came out beautiful!! i've dabbled in pigment pressing, but haven't really "perfected" it yet. and I LOVE your pressing tool, such a diva! xoxo

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  18. nice. thanks for the tip. this looks pretty fun to make.
    xo
    A_Riot

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  19. Love this tutorial... im going to definitely try it out one day :)
    so helpful!

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com/

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  20. Lovely post and blog!! :D
    Now i´m follower, i invite you to visit my blog, and if you like it you can be follower too.
    XXX from Spain!
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  21. Nice tutorial.

    Best Wishes for 2012 from me BTW.

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  22. Thanks SO much everyone! I'm glad you all found this post helpful/interesting! ;) I had to put my pressing stuff away! I went on a made tear and did too many - now I'm stuck figuring out how to store them until I buy some palettes!

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  23. Excellent post! Hey momma where you buy your NYX Pigments? That color is so cute and I want it!

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    1. Thanks girl! I got my NYX pigments in a huge lot on HauteLook. I have double of almost ever color (I've already sold some, so I'm missing a few) so I'll check to see if I still have an extra Golden Peach. My 2nd set is new/never used and sealed ;)

      Will let you know!

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  24. I've never seen this done before! Looks cool.

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